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Florida linebacker Morrison arrested on battery charge

GAINESVILLE — Florida sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison faces a misdemeanor simple battery charge after he was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of punching a bouncer at a nightclub.

Morrison, 19, was identified by several witnesses arguing about the cover charge with a bouncer outside the Kava Lounge on West University Avenue in downtown, according to a Gainesville Police report. Witnesses said Morrison shouted, "Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player. I am Antonio!"

When told he was expected to pay the full cover charge, Morrison punched the bouncer in the head, the report said.

He was later identified from the Florida website and arrested at his dorm, according to the report. The native of Bolingbrook, Ill., reportedly told police he got into a scuffle but, "It wasn't that big of a deal."

Morrison, an early enrollee in January 2012, appeared in 13 games last season with three starts. He had 34 tackles (two for a loss), one sack and one forced fumble in being named to the SEC coaches' all-freshman team. He was projected to start this season.

The school said coach Will Muschamp is aware of Morrison's arrest and "handling the situation."

Florida linebacker Morrison arrested on battery charge 06/16/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 16, 2013 6:22pm]
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